I watched Secret Passage a few weeks ago and here’s my little review I wrote at IMDB.com:
*Important story of the Christian inquisition against Jews, 15 September 2005 *
Since I know previous works of the Bosnian director Kenovic (Kuduz and The Perfect Circle), I really had high expectations for “Secret Passage”. Well, I can say I was not disappointed, au contraire, this movie is really nicely done, from the manuscript, cinematography to acting. I was stunned by Katherine Borowitz who plays Isabel, but also by Hannah Taylor-Gordon who plays Victoria. These two actresses have fantastic expression that adds an extra value to this very good movie. I am glad John Turturro found his place in the movie, because I think he is a great actor with great potential, that could and should be used in projects not usual for his roles. But although he did good job, I believe he was somewhat misplaced in the movie, but I am not sure… maybe because I am used to watch him in more contemporary films.
I loved the story. It shows us how the Jewish were treated in the Christian Europe, when the witch hunt and Inquisition were almost national sports.
Kenovic has great eye for details and aesthetics. The scenes are wonderfully set, and I enjoyed every moment in and around Venice. I can warmly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in history and beautifully shot films.
It bothers me that Ademir Kenovic does not direct movies more often (his mostly a producer), because he is very talented director.
8 out of 10.